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Friday 26 May 2017

What swung it for Cowen

Fionnan Sheahan and Aine Kerr

TAOISEACH Brian Cowen had his leadership of Fianna Fail into the General Election ratified by his party's TDs last night.

A number of factors played into Mr Cowen's hands, which ensured he remained as leader and his opponents failed:

UNCERTAINTY: Mr Cowen captured the mood of many when he dismissed the notion of having two lines of authority with the role of Taoiseach separated from the leader of Fianna Fail.

TIMING: So close to a general election, Fianna Fail TDs felt it was too late for a change and if Mr Cowen's detractors wanted a change, they should have moved earlier.

COMMAND: Mr Cowen took control of the battlefield last week when he went into a three-day consultation with FF TDs and then announced the motion of confidence in himself.

DIVISION: Too busy watching each other's movement, leadership contenders failed to unite in opposition to Mr Cowen, even after he afforded them a chance to take him out.

CLEAN: Mr Cowen has fought a clean fight and his refusal of Micheal Martin's resignation offer ensured he didn't create a martyr to energise the dissenting voices.

HOPE: Mr Cowen portrayed himself as a "fighter" to lead the party into the general election, drawing on his 2007 campaign performance.

RESIGNATION: Many FF TDs believe the party cannot pull up from its current nosedive in the general election and a drubbing is on the cards, regardless of who is leader.

Irish Independent

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